Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Best Rowing Drills: Addressing limiting technical factors with Cal Crew's Mike Teti

Mike Teti and Cal at Crew Classic, 2013 (Photo: B. Kitch)
Talk to former U.S. Olympic rowing coach and current Cal men's head coach Mike Teti about drills, and you'll understand that it's about addressing specific problems in a methodical way. "Instead of saying what are my favorite drills, it's more what do I think the limiting technical factor of a given group is," he explains. "So we'll do a series of exercises that will help fix that problem. That's the approach that I take."

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

2015 Crash-B Sprints: Junior Women's Field Steals the Show

The calm before the storm at Agganis Arena, Boston (Photo: A. Gutierrez)
While the there was no shortage of drama in the men's open final at the 2015 Crash-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship, the deepest field, and most impressive performances overall, came from the junior women. I hesitate to say junior, because, as has seemingly become the norm at Crash-Bs, there was nothing 'junior' about these performances. And while there was one result that absolutely topped them all—the phenomenal 6:30.2 from Greece's Sophia Asoumanaki (roughly 13 seconds faster than open women's champion Kaisa Pajusalu of Estonia, who won Crash-Bs for the third time on Sunday)—the field was the deepest in Boston as well, with no fewer than seven women under seven minutes. (Not that we need to let any NCAA recruiters know that stat.)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Video Of The Week: Winter Training with Oxford Brookes University Boat Club

This week's video comes to us from Harry Brightmore of the Oxford Brookes University squad, and features some high intensity, low-rate work on land and on the water, from Wallingford to Wimbleball. Not only is the technical rowing of a very high standard, but also the kit featured from 3:00 in is worthy of praise as well (are those hibiscus-print leggings?).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Best Rowing Drills: Two-time NCAA Champion Kevin Sauer of Virginia's Fave Five

Kevin Sauer at the 2012 NCAA Championships (Photo: B. Kitch)
Having done a little research recently, I discovered that, surprisingly, there's not much available on the Internets in terms of useful content for rowing coaches. Try scanning the web for decent examples of drills and technique, and you'll find that what is accessible to most is largely race footage, which certainly has its place in the coaching toolkit, but ultimately isn't that informative on its own. This is the first in a series on the best rowing drills, featuring some of the top junior and collegiate coaches in the U.S. If you like this idea, let us know, and share it—if it takes off, then we'll continue to build a library and create an index on our Coaching page. For the first series, we'll be releasing the an article every Wednesday for the next five weeks.

As with this post, this early series will be mostly geared toward sweep rowing, but sculling will also feature in the near future. And so, without further ado, here are two-time NCAA champion head coach Kevin Sauer's five favorite drills.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Video Of The Week: On the water with the Princeton Tigers in Tampa

Pinceton's 2015 winter training camp (Screen capture)
This week's video comes to us via the Ivy League Digital Network, and features the Princeton Tigers during their winter training trip to Tampa last month. In addition to a host of on-the-water shots and footage from the coach's launch, Tiger men's head coach Greg Hughes offers an inside look at a new onboard telemetry system that the Tigers have begun using to measure individual and crew output in the boat. And, the Tiger coaching staff was joined on the trip by biomechanics expert Connie Draper (for a video interview with Draper, please see this post thanks to Tom Carter), who has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport, and who helped to interpret and make the most of the newly available data.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

World University Games: Michigan's Gregg Hartsuff Putting Experience to Good Use

Michigan men racing at the Head Of The Charles (Photo courtesy of Gregg Hartsuff)
Working from his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, longtime Wolverines head coach Gregg Hartsuff is putting together what he hopes will be a podium-ready team for the 2015 World University Games, under the aegis of USRowing. Following the performance at least year's World University Games, USRowing had decided against sending another team this year, but when representatives from the Games reached out to Hartsuff, he felt that it would be a worthy project, and USRowing later agreed to back the team. (The team will be allowed to use the official crest, and will be racing as the United States in Korea this summer, but must fund its own trip to the regatta.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

RR Interview: Beijing Bronze Medalist and Rio Olympic Hopeful George Bridgewater of New Zealand

George Bridgewater racing at the 2015 New Zealand Rowing Championships (Photo: Steve McArthur)
Already a double Olympian after Beijing, where he won a bronze medal with partner Nathan Twaddle in the men's pair, George Bridgewater decided it was time for a new challenge. The next chapter in his life took him from Oxford (where he won the Boat Race) to Hong Kong, where he put his considerable competitive drive to good use in the business world. But something wasn't quite right—Bridgewater knew that he could still be competitive on the water as well, and last year made the decision to give it one more go. The goal: Rio 2016. Here, George shares some insights about his previous Olympic experiences, his time away from the sport, and the journey back to elite-level training and racing with Rowing New Zealand.

Monday, February 16, 2015

VOTW: Canterbury Rowing Club Prepares for the New Zealand Rowing Championships

This week's video comes to us from Christchurch, New Zealand, where Canterbury Rowing Club (est. 1861) is preparing for the New Zealand Rowing Championships, to be held this week at Lake Ruataniwha. The video offers a mix of on-the-water training, land workouts, and the kind of general faffing about necessary at all good rowing clubs. Along with Canterbury Rowing Club, the best of the best will be competing this week, including Mahé Drysdale, Robbie Manson, and Hamish Bond—the trio who finished first, second, and third (separated by 0.6 seconds) at the North Island Club Championships, featured in our VOTW last week. This year, Bond will be racing in the M1x, M2-, M4-, and M8+ (for a look back at the final of the 2014 championships, which Bond won by roughly half a length over Drysdale, watch the video here).

Keep tabs on the results from Lake Ruataniwha here:

And coming up this week, our interview with Beijing bronze medalist and Rio 2016 hopeful, George Bridgewater. Keep it locked!

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